What’s for Dinner, Dude?

by Sarah Henry on June 15, 2012 · 18 comments

in food flotsam & jetsam,kids & food,recipes,salads,vegetables

Mum and son on a farmers' market run. Photo: Jen Siska

Always a pleasure to have the opportunity to pen a personal piece, this time a bitter-sweet slip of a story about cooking with my teenager for Ladies’ Home Journal.

He’s gone from picky eater to adventurous gourmand in just a few short years. In a few more, he’ll be headed to college with a hot plate of his own. But I can’t entertain the thought of that just yet. Those of you fresh from high school graduations can relate, no doubt.

A few weeks ago my boy posted this on Facebook: “My foodieness has reached its apex: I had an ice plant salad tonight.” (Said salad courtesy of Gather restaurant, which knows a thing or two about how to make vegetables star on a plate.) To which a pal responded: “Perfect way for invasive [species] removal. Yank it out of the dunes and stick it in a bowl!” Gotta love the concerns and humor of this current generation.

Find the LHJ piece here — with a favorite recipe: Our take on Panzanella Salad.

Oh, and as one of my best friend’s just gleefully pointed out, I’m rocking a lot of cleavage in the online version. Thank goodness for the cropped photo in the print addition, more my style. I swear I tried to convince the stylist and photographer that a cami was called for in this photo shoot. Enough said.

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debbie koenig June 16, 2012 at 9:06 am

LOVE IT. This gives me so much hope.
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Sarah Henry June 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

You’ll be there soon enough, deb, promise.

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Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart June 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Ha! Love the friend’s comment. Too funny.

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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

Indeed, Rox. What are friends for?

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The Writer's [Inner] Journey June 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

What a lovely essay in LHJ. I really got a flavor of your relationship between you and your son, and with food, for the two of you.
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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

Thanks, merr, sweet of you to say.

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Brette June 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

This is so awesome!
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Irene June 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Lovely essay and a great placement! Congrats~
Such a nice way to relate to a teen…

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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

And sometimes one of the few ways to get through — via their stomachs:)

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Jane Boursaw June 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

Love this! Love everything about it – that you’re introducing your son to great food, that he loves it, and that the current generation is concerned with food and invasive species. Way to go, Sarah!
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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

I keep wondering, Jane, whether his rebellion will involve beef, ding-dongs, or some such. Time will tell.

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Living Large June 19, 2012 at 4:02 am

Lovely. Did you see the segment on the child prodigy chef. He is 13 and already cooking this summer as an intern for some of the best chefs in the country!

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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Impressive. I’ll check it out LL. Thanks for the heads up. I’m just grateful to have help at home from my son, when he’s in the mood to hang out in the kitchen.

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MyKidsEatSquid June 19, 2012 at 7:08 am

What a great story. My oldest daughter is about to go into high school and it seems like the time has gone by so quickly. She headed off to camp this morning. We had tried to find a small bottle of sriracha for her to take along (her request, she can’t live without spice), but I supposed she’ll just have to use it liberally once she gets home.

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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

Love that anecdote, MKES. The offspring bound for sleepover camp who needs a bottle of Sriracha (hot chili sauce) in the backpack as a reminder of home.

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Margaret June 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

Rock on! ;-)

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Sarah Henry June 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

Ha, ha. I’ll make sure you see the print version for comparison.

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Alexandra June 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Congrats on the article! Heading over to read it now.
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